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Authors | Reviewers

About JRM

The Journal of Restorative Medicine (JRM) is an open-access journal owned and published by the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM). It was founded in 2012, and features peer-reviewed articles highlighting evidence-based practical clinical skills in endocrinology and chronic disease. The primary focus of the journal is to feature evidence-based articles for clinicians on effective integrative therapeutic protocols using nutritional supplements, botanical medicines, and hormones. In keeping with the endocrine and chronic disease emphasis of AARM, most articles offer clinical guidance in the effective natural and restorative treatments for endocrine, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, oncology and immune system disorders based on original research or literature reviews. JRM is open access and there are no author submission fees.

Peer review: All submissions under consideration for publication by the Journal of Restorative Medicine are subject to peer review. After a manuscript has undergone peer review, the lead author will be notified as to whether it has been accepted for publication, rejected, or requires revision.

Types of Articles Considered

JRM welcomes the following article types: editorials; original research; evidence-informed clinical investigations; NIH funded research reports; research review articles; commentaries; case reports; state-of-the-art articles; and letters to the editor. JRM’s principal areas of interest are endocrinology, botanical medicine and nutritional medicine.

Submission Instructions

All articles should be submitted by email or via an author request online. Unsolicited submissions will be acknowledged within 2-3 weeks of receipt. Please direct questions about potential submissions to the managing editor at managingeditor@restorativemedicine.org.

Copyright and Permissions

When publishing in JRM, authors have two copyright options. Authors may assign copyright to the journal or are free to publish under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Manuscript Submissions

Submission of a paper implies that it reports unpublished work, except in abstract form, and is not being submitted simultaneously to another publication. Requirements for publication are consistent with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, which are published in: Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, Annals of Internal Medicine 1997;126:36–47 icmje.org.

Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive License Form (ELF). The ELF grants the publisher an exclusive license to publish the article in print and online, to use it in any educational format, and for AARM to administer rights, and to follow up on any infringements of copyright. Manuscripts will not be published until an ELF has been signed and submitted. Please submit a completed, signed Exclusive License Form when submitting an article for publication.

Manuscripts will be considered in the form of:

  • Clinical Investigations: Presenting results of original clinical research
  • Case Reports: Describing a single case or a small series. They must be educational and draw attention to important or unusual clinical situations, new treatments, or complications
  • Brief Research Reports: Brief reports of promising or new research (up to 1500 words).
  • Reviews: Comprehensive surveys covering a broad area that consolidate old ideas or suggest new ones. They must provide a critique of the literature. Please see these tips on writing a review article HERE.
  • Special articles/Thought Pieces: On subjects not easily classified (e.g., history, education, culture, demography, ethics, socioeconomics, etc.) discussed in relation to an understanding of restorative medicine.
  • State-of-the-Art Articles: Providing an update on the latest developments in a particular area related to restorative medicine (6–12 pages in length)
  • Commentary: Invited as a companion to a full article presenting an alternative or a complementary perspective
  • Editorials: Invited opinion or perspective on the content of the Journal of Restorative Medicine or of relevance to the field of restorative medicine
  • Letters to the Editor: These may offer criticism or commentary of published material, but must be objective, constructive, and educational. A few references, a small table, or relevant illustrations may be used.

Supplementary Materials: The Journal of Restorative Medicine will accept appropriate video clips or other materials to be posted online as part of an article. Each clip should be less than 10MB, preferably less than 5MB. Format and content of all supplementary materials are the responsibility of the author(s). The editorial office and the publisher will not make any revisions to the material. Materials should be submitted at the same time as the article and will be peer-reviewed.

Manuscript format: Make sure the file is double-spaced throughout, including title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, legends for illustrations, and tables. Start each of these sections on a new page, numbered consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, beginning with the title page. Do not use hard returns at the end of lines of text. Ragged right margins are preferable to justified lines. All textual elements should begin flush left with no paragraph indents and two returns after every element, such as titles, headings, paragraphs, legends, etc. Please be sure to keep a backup copy of the file for reference, as accepted manuscripts are not returned.

Title Page: The first text page should contain: 1. Title; 2. Full names and affiliations for all authors, including the highest academic degree; 3. Full postal address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address for the corresponding author, to whom the proofs will be sent; 4. Running title of no more than six words. The title should clearly define the paper’s purpose and ideally be no longer than 15 words (excluding articles, prepositions, and conjunctions).

Abstracts: The abstract, on the page following the title page, must be 250 words or less, under the following headings, as appropriate: Objective, Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions, Outcome Measures, Results, and Conclusions (JAMA 1992;267:42-44). Abstracts are necessary for all papers. Up to six key words must be provided with the abstract.

Text. Organize the body of text as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments (optional), References, Tables, Figure legends, and Figures. For articles that are not reporting original research, the author may vary the sections between Introduction and Acknowledgments.

Details of Style: Follow guidelines set by the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors, Tenth Edition.

Drug names: Use generic names only in referring to drugs. If the trade name is necessary, e.g., in bio-availability studies, indicate it in parentheses.

Abbreviations: Keep abbreviations to the minimum, and define each at its first use.
References: Indicate references within text using superscripted Arabic numerals without parentheses. A full list of references should be provided at the end of the article, in numerical order with a period following each number, no parentheses, sequentially as they appear in the text. Do not alphabetize. Abbreviate journal names according to the style of Index Medicus. Provide names and initials of all authors up to four authors, or three authors and et. al. The authors’ names are followed by the full title of the article; the abbreviated title of the journal; the year of publication; the volume number; and the first and last page numbers. Accuracy of reference data is the responsibility of the author.

For website references, include month, date, and year accessed.

Please submit the following as separate documents.

Tables: All tables should be double-spaced. Title all tables, and number them in order of their citation in the text. Any notes should appear at the bottom of the table.

Illustrations: A legend should be provided for each illustration. Photomicrographs should state the original magnification. Legends should provide sufficient information to allow the reader comprehension without reference to the text, and should be grouped at the end of the manuscript. Illustrations should be referred to in the text as “Figs” and be given Arabic numbers. Lines should be of sufficient thickness to stand reduction (no less than 4mm wide for a 50% reduction), and letters should be a minimum of 9pt Arial or an equivalent size.

Electronic Artwork: Vector graphics (eg., line artwork) should be saved as PDFs Bitmap files (eg. photographs) should be saved in JPEG or Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Line art must be scanned at a minimum of 800 dpi; photographs at a minimum of 300 dpi.

Proofs: The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert when proofs are available. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. In addition, please provide a second email address for yourself or a co-author, in case we have trouble reaching you at the first email address. Further instructions will be sent with the proof.

Policy on Review of Page Proofs: Manuscripts for the Journal of Restorative Medicine are copyedited by a professional copyeditor hired by the publisher. The editor will not check the typeset proofs of accepted manuscripts for errors, thus it is the responsibility of the primary author of each paper to review page proofs carefully for accuracy of citations, formulas, etc., and to check for omissions in the text. It is imperative that the author do a prompt, thorough job of reviewing the returned proofs. Page proofs must be returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. An order form for off-prints will be available with proofs.

Manuscript Checklist:

  1. Put references in proper format in numerical order, making sure each is cited in the text.
  2. Provide an abstract (250 words or less) with appropriate headings, and 3–6 keywords.
  3. Include complete consent forms for patient photographs. See the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org; section II.E.l).
  4. Include consent forms for previously published illustrations and tables.
  5. Designate a corresponding author and provide an address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
  6. Complete disclosure form and acknowledgment of support.
  7. Submit manuscript, tables, and figures online together to the editorial office.
  8. Exclusive License Form

 

Journal of Restorative Medicine: Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

Please make comments and edits directly using Word “track changes” feature. Your review will be made anonymous before your comments are passed to the author. Please write a report (at the top of the manuscript, in an email, or in a separate document) that summarizes your review. This report should include any comments for the editor’s eyes only (under the heading Confidential to the Editor), and your specific and general comments to the author (under the heading Comments to the Author). Organize comments in your summary report in the same order as the manuscript’s sections, specifying page, paragraph, and line where possible. Where necessary, please provide examples to clarify your comments.

Reviews are due within 10 business days from the date you receive a paper. Please make arrangements in advance if these terms are not possible.

You may be asked to give a second review on papers that required significant changes.

Please be constructive in any feedback you give to authors, and use the following guidelines as a framework for your review. (In addition, you may want to explore http://www.equator-network.org/ for a wide variety of tools that can be helpful in the assessment of manuscripts.)

For All Articles

  • Is this article novel/important? For example, will it help practitioners make better decisions for their patients? Does it expand or deepen the field of restorative medicine? Could it contribute to health policy?
  • Does it fit within the scope and mission of the Journal?
  • Does it add to existing knowledge?
  • Does it have a clear and coherent message?
  • Is it well presented? Does it make sense?
  • Other strengths/weaknesses?

For Original Research and Scientific Articles

  • Originality:
    • Does the article contain new material or make a worthwhile addition to the published literature?
  • Scientific Reliability:
    • Clearly defined research question that is appropriately answered?
    • Study design appropriate to address the research question?
    • Study participants are fully described including inclusion/exclusion criteria? Participants are representative of patients in the “real” world?
    • Methods and main outcome measures are clear and appropriate?
    • Results are credible and answer the research question being asked?
    • Conclusion is appropriate to the data collected? Mention of future directions?
    • Discussion is clear and in the context of previous studies where possible?
    • References are relevant and up to date? Any egregious omissions?
    • Abstract/Summary accurately reflects the content of the paper
    • For Review Articles:
      • Is this review balanced and impartial (avoids selecting only those papers that support the author’s own view point)?
      • Does it address:
      o Major achievements in the relevant field?
      o Main areas of debate?
      o Future research directions?

Overall Rating and Recommendation

Based on your review, please indicate your recommendation for the article by choosing one of the following:

  1. Acceptable for publication as is or with minor changes
  2. Provisional acceptance (conditional on making satisfactory revisions)
  3. Needs major revisions (cannot make a definitive decision at this point)
  4. Unacceptable/Reject